Rincon De La Vieja Geothermal Resource Area

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Rincon De La Vieja Geothermal Resource Area

Area Overview

Geothermal Area Profile

Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Exploration Region: Rincon De La Vieja

GEA Development Phase: Operational"Operational" is not in the list of possible values (Phase I - Resource Procurement and Identification, Phase II - Resource Exploration and Confirmation, Phase III - Permitting and Initial Development, Phase IV - Resource Production and Power Plant Construction) for this property.

Coordinates: 10.402329406763°, -85.231637573242°

Resource Estimate

Mean Reservoir Temp: 260°C533.15 K
500 °F
959.67 °R

Estimated Reservoir Volume:

Mean Capacity: 42MW42,000 kW
42,000,000 W
42,000,000,000 mW
0.042 GW
4.2e-5 TW

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History and Infrastructure

Operating Power Plants: 1

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Developing Power Projects: 0

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Power Production Profile

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Owners  :
  • Instituto Costarricence de Electricidad

Power Purchasers :
  • Instituto Costarricence de Electricidad

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Exploration History

First Discovery Well

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Well Field Description

Well Field Information

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Reservoir Temp (Geothermometry):

Reservoir Temp (Measured): 260°C533.15 K
500 °F
959.67 °R

Sanyal Classification (Reservoir):

Depth to Top of Reservoir: 800m0.8 km
0.497 mi
2,624.672 ft
874.888 yd

Depth to Bottom of Reservoir: 1600m1.6 km
0.994 mi
5,249.344 ft
1,749.776 yd

Average Depth to Reservoir: 1200m1.2 km
0.746 mi
3,937.008 ft
1,312.332 yd

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Geology of the Area

Geologic Setting

Tectonic Setting: Subduction Zone

Controlling Structure:

Topographic Features: Stratovolcano

Brophy Model: Type B: Andesitic Volcanic Resource

Moeck-Beardsmore Play Type: CV-1a: Magmatic - Extrusive

Geologic Features

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Host Rock Lithology: Andesite

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Geofluid Geochemistry


Salinity (low): 12800

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NEPA-Related Analyses (0)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sergio Castro Zuniga (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad Centro de Servicios de Recursos Geotérmicos). 2002. Reservoir Engineering Studies in the Las Pailas Geothermal Field, Costa Rica. 4 Edition. Reykjavik, Iceland: Geothermal Training Program. Report No.: 4.

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